Flying Beaver Bar & Grill

The beaver became the official symbol of Canada since March 24, 1975 so it doesn’t get more Canadian than The Flying Beaver Bar & Grill.  They’re located at the North End of the No.2 Road Bridge in Richmond.  The Flying Beaver lets you sit and watch the arrival and departure of the Harbour Air seaplanes on the Middle Arm of the Fraser River.

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Decor is a typical rustic bar with touches of flight or Vancouver related art.  There’s a  wheelchair pilot suspended in the air that I particularly liked.

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I came here for brunch with my husband and daughter.  They sat us beside the windows on their enclosed patio near the back of the restaurant.  So between the crayons and watching the planes on the water, my daughter was entertained the whole time.  Although this restaurant is very kid friendly they also have certain sections to seat adults only.

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We shared The Beaver Damn, which is (description from their menu) A big ol’ plate with wings, potato skins with bacon, steak bites, kale & artichoke dip, naan bread and tortilla chips.  Wash it down with some beer, or coffee in my case and it was the perfect lazy Sunday.

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Medium noise level – $$

Flying Beaver Bar & Grill

4760 Inglis Drive
Richmond, BC

V7B 1W4

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No.1 Beef Noodle

As a daughter to immigrant parents, I’ve spent all my life eating Chinese food.  We tend to eat simple Cantonese dishes at home, but when there’s a special occasion, we try to go to a restaurant.  This is how I know for a fact that service is not a key criteria in your meal.  Luckily, some restaurants in Vancouver realize it’s actually an important part of your experience besides the food.  No. 1 Beef Noodle is a casual Taiwanese restaurant that understands this as well.

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From the moment we walked in, our family of 3 were greeted with smiles.  We had to wait for a table since it was the lunch rush and were finally seated in the corner.  A table for 4 opened up and they offered to let us sit there if it would be more comfortable.  That may seem like an insignificant thing, but trust me when I tell you that Chinese restaurants don’t usually do that.  The main goal is always to maximize the space and diners, meaning you squish everyone in to serve as many people as you can in the shortest time possible.

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When we were ready to order, I wanted to order the fish hot-pot with rice and the waitress promptly told me that it’s a little spicy in case I was going to feed my baby as well.  I was actually going to, so I’m glad she told me about that because usually they don’t really care.  You ordered it, can’t you read?  She also brought over a little bowl with utensils for my daughter without me having to ask.  Sounds pretty straight forward, right?  Trust me, this is great service and I’m pleased.

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The food here consists of mainly noodles and rice dishes.  My favorite is the beef brisket and tomato in noodle soup.  I’ve also had the crispy fried pepper chicken on rice, which is also quite good.  For dessert, I love their shaved ice with condensed milk, strawberry and lychee.  One thing that is very typical of an Asian restaurant though, cash only.

 

Medium noise level – $

No. 1 Beef Noodle

4741 Willingdon Avenue

Burnaby BC

BC V5G

Sweetery Cafe

If you’re looking to eat close to Downtown and Granville Island without venturing into either places, Sweetery Café isn’t a bad choice.  It’s quick and easy with plenty of free street parking available.

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Sweetery serves sandwiches, wraps and salads with daily specials.  Today’s special was a BBQ chicken grilled cheese sandwich served with fries, salad or soup.  In addition to that I also ordered the chicken, avocado and tomato sandwich with a side of quinoa salad.  Both were satisfying without being too greasy.  The food is more on the healthier side, so don’t expect comfort food.  To be honest, the salad was a little bland for me, but it felt good for my body.

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This is a casual place to grab some coffee and dessert to chat with some friends, unfortunately my daughter was getting fussy so we couldn’t stay long enough to try any.

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Medium noise level – $

Sweetery Café

340 W 2nd Avenue

Vancouver, BC

V5Y 3W3

 

Kamamarui Ramen

I wanted to sneak in one more ramen meal before we are doused in sunshine.  It’s not that I don’t love warm weather, but ramen seems so much more comforting when it’s a little chilly outside.

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Kamamarui Ramen is one of the few places located in Burnaby that actually serves good ramen so that’s what we settled on.  It’s a comfortable restaurant to meet up with friends without breaking your budget.

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The menu isn’t very big with 4 different type of ramen soup flavors, rice bowls and tempura.  I settled with the Tonkotsu Ramen Combo which comes with a bowl of ramen and a bomb.  The bomb is seasoned seaweed with rice in teriyaki sauce.  My husband, Ben wasn’t a huge fan of it, but I loved it.  I can see that it can be pretty plain, but I have a rice obsession.  Rice rolled into a ball flavored with seaweed and teriyaki sauce?  I’ll take 2!

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Average noise level – $

Kamamarui Ramen

6514 Royal Oak Avenue

Burnaby, BC

V5H 3P4